State Times News JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday said Indian forces are giving a befitting response to Pakistan which is “frustrated” because it is not able to push “infiltrators”. Malik expressed happiness over the successful conduct of Panchayat elections in the state and said despite attempts by Pakistan and terrorists to vitiate the atmosphere here there is complete peace in the valley. “Our forces are responding appropriately to any provocation but the news does not come here. Pakistan is frustrated because it is not able to push infiltrators. It (Pakistan) was against the Panchayat polls and is unhappy over its successful conclusion,” Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. Speaking on the martyrdom of an Army Major and a soldier in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district on Friday, the Governor said such acts demonstrate Pakistan’s frustration. “Frustrated Sallahuddin (Supremo of Hizbul Mujahideen in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) asked terrorists to do something but they failed as the forces with the help of people, who are supporting us, foiled their plans. There is complete peace in the valley,” he said. On the resignation of IAS officer Shah Faesal and his plan to join politics, the governor said had Faesal continued in government service it would have been good as he had taken the oath of service. However, the governor wished Faesal well. According to an official spokesperson, the Governor later said that Shah Faisal was an efficient and dedicated officer who rendered his services with great zeal and enthusiasm for the welfare of the state and its people particularly belonging to weaker sections of the society. In case he would continue his services as an IAS officer he could serve the people of society in a better way. As far as his feelings about Kashmiris are concerned he could be posted in the region for extending his fullest support in ameliorating the poverty and creating job opportunities for the youth of the valley so that people would be prosperous and would lead a better life. Terming the decision to join politics by Shah Faisal as his personal, Governor observed he could have done better even otherwise. He (Shah Faesal) has to consult the youth to know their aspirations and try to create a new platform for the redressal of problems and grievances of youth. Governor said Dr. Shah Faesal could deliver better as an officer rather than as a politician. He, however, observed that it is not necessary for him to suggest Shah Faesal what he has to do in future even though his best wishes were always with him. “I would love to meet him if he comes to me for redressal of problems of youth”, the Governor added in his statement.
On the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley, Malik said the government is concerned about them but did not elaborate any further.
Earlier in the day, the Governor paid rich tributes to Swami Vivekananda on the Hindu monk’s 156th birth anniversary at a function organised by Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission Charitable Hospital, Jammu. He asked the people to learn from the teachings of Vivekananda and work for the betterment of society.
The country’s rich indulge in extravagant weddings without a thought to the poor or any charitable work, Malik said. He also expressed shock over reports of some sadhus committing heinous crimes.
“My problem is that I am from a political background and in politics one is free to say anything. But my position does not allow me to speak freely and mostly the Governor’s read from the written speeches. I do not like that and speak extempore with conviction and experience of about 50 years in politics,” he said.
The Governor inaugurated a newly constructed ENT block with an independent ‘eye and ENT operation theatre’ in the hospital premises.
General Secretary of SVMMCH Atma Sarup Gupta said the hospital had treated 72,894 patients last year compared to 61,641 in the year previous to that. He said the hospital has conducted 1,969 surgeries in 2018 against 1,760 in 2017.
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